Everyone loves a good rooftop. But rooftops in the city come with some caveats - big crowds, overpriced cocktails, patio furniture that looks like it came out of an old SkyMall catalog. To help you find some spots in the sky actually worth hanging out on this summer, we put together the first, highly official Rooftop Power Rankings section of the Infatuation Summer Guide, featuring 15 of of our favorite rooftops. It's very scientific, we promise.
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There is no better place to catch a skyline sunset than at the Ides, the rooftop bar of the Wythe hotel in Williamsburg.
Rooftop Power Points: Unbeatable views of Manhattan skyline, central Williamsburg location with endless pre/post eating & drinking options, and a friendly crowd (i.e. the possibility of actually meeting people).
Penalties: Shoulder-to-shoulder crowds at peak times, not a lot of love for big groups (though they accept reservations for large parties), limited small plates menu.
This hotel on the far western edge of Soho has two rooftop bars, but the one you want to be at is the vaguely Cuban-themed Azul.
Rooftop Power Points: Hudson River views, bright colors, and a general aesthetic that's a little less boring than your standard Pier 1 Imports-style hotel rooftop.
Penalties: A limited food menu with overpriced tacos.
On the top of the Indigo Hotel on the Lower East Side, Mr. Purple is a restaurant and bar with two outdoor terraces and - if you’re feeling especially ambitious - a small pool.
Rooftop Power Points: Plenty of space, views all the way down and up Manhattan, lots of bar bites + a full brunch menu, and a well-designed space that’s much less cheesy than most hotel roofs.
Penalties: A tough door at peak times - come with a small group, or expect to be asked to buy a table.
Despite being located above the place where “Sleep No More” goes down, there isn’t any haunted house schtick here - just a highly pleasant, greenery-covered rooftop.
Rooftop Power Points: A festive brunch setup (live music, punch bowls, open buffet), creative cocktails, and secret garden vibes.
Penalties: Prices to match the fact that this place is above Sleep No More.
This Greenpoint restaurant has a big rooftop bar that’s one of the best places to hang outside in North Brooklyn.
Rooftop Power Points: Awesome views of Manhattan, plenty of space for your crew of 15, and enough food to properly soak up your day drinking damage .
Penalties: A not-quite-convenient location for anyone taking subways from Manhattan (the L to the G isn’t so bad, we promise).
Located on the roof of the hotel that also houses O Ya and Covina with covered areas, a fireplace, and plenty of dif, this is easily the best place to rooftop drink in the 20s.
Rooftop Power Points: Solid small bites and good cocktails, a variety of seating options, a fireplace.
Penalties: You're definitely going to be next to some digital marketing agency's Happy Hour.
The Blue Ribbon people tend to nail it in whatever they do - and that continues to be the case with their very laid back Lower East Side rooftop beer garden.
Rooftop Power Points: Plenty of space, not-outrageous prices on food and beer, plus board games and ping pong tables.
Penalties: Low-floor location looking over not-exactly-beautiful Allen Street, 10pm closing time.
A surprisingly not-cheesy rooftop in the affordable Pod 39 Hotel near Grand Central - it's the same hotel that houses Salvation Taco on the ground floor.
Rooftop Power Points: Surprisingly interesting architecture (check out those arches), good cocktails, refuge from the neighborhood's million sports bars.
Penalties: Occasional waits to get in and somewhat limited seating.
Formerly a private space, The Jane roof recently opened to the public, and you can now get in without a reservation. Unlike most sleek, soulless hotel roofs, this bar and deck are full of highly ornate but awesome decor.
Rooftop Power Points: Great West Village location, and an abundance of Persian rugs and other personality-infusing elements.
Penalties: Limited hours - they're only open Thursday-Sunday (until 10pm Th/F/Sat, until 12am Sun).
This Battery Park rooftop bar's claim to fame is that they serve popsicles in glasses of prosecco.
Rooftop Power Points: Views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, the option to drink a prosecco with a popsicle in it.
Penalties: Being surrounded by people who came to Instagram a prosecco with a popsicle in it, extremely close proximity to Goldman Sachs.
On the far, far West Side, you may not find yourself around here unless you see a show at Terminal 5, but this hotel rooftop has plenty of space, plus some of the best nighttime views of Midtown.
Rooftop Power Points: Truly A+ views of the city, open late on weekends.
Penalties: Expensive drinks, possible waits, a location your friends will probably complain about.
Located in a trendy hotel in a prime Soho location, Jimmy is predictably a scene - but a fun one.
Rooftop Power Points: Unique views all around, a pool, pretty people, that ideal rooftop height where you're just high enough to feel like you're on a roof but not so high that it's cold and windy.
Penalties: You'll probably have an annoying time getting in at peak times.
Need a decent place near Bryant Park/your Midtown office? Refinery is a reliable move, but definitely make a reservation if you're with a sizeable group.
Rooftop Power Points: Big uncovered and covered space.
Penalties: On a nice night, you’re going to have to compete with half of Midtown to get on this roof.
Can’t get onto the Refinery Rooftop? A few steps East on W 38th is Spyglass, a surprisingly well-designed, albeit pretty small alternative.
Rooftop Power Points: Excellent views of the Empire State Building.
Penalties: The small space feels very cramped, and you might run into issues getting in during busy times.
Despite its name, Hotel Chantelle is in fact not a hotel rooftop. It is, however, a place you've definitely partied if you spend time on the Lower East Side.
Rooftop Power Points: A vaguely French garden vibe that's a bit different, fun brunch-time action.
Penalties: No views, the just-turned-21 summer internship crowd.
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